David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, a shareholder in Apple, filed a federal lawsuit against Cupertino today in response to a proposal set for a shareholder vote on February 27. According to Einhorn, Apple is hoarding large amounts of cash. Apple, as you might have guessed, disagrees with many of the statements made by Greenlight.
Finally, some clarity on the $1 billion jury ruling from the big trial with Samsung last summer. Samsung had a wish list that included dismissing the case entirely, while Apple made a pitch for triple damages, among other things. Judge Lucy Koh finally ruled on most of the issues; would Samsung get off scot free, or would Apple be lugging an even bigger check to the bank? Also, if you are able to invest in companies, and one of the companies is doing really well and earning a lot of profit, is your next move really to sue them?
Apple and Samsung reached a major agreement in court. No, not to settle their claims against each other and put an end to the Patent Wars. Instead, the two business partners finally agreed on which products they would each allow the other company to add to the next super trial between their alter-egos in court. But aside from pithy headlines and ten-digit jury awards, are any of these products in risk of being banned in the United States?
This week, Apple finds itself in several rather awkward courtroom dramas: being asked by a U.S. judge to find a way to go away; being sued by a European Union nation for something it should have fixed a year ago; and being railroaded by a Russian company for failing to police the App Store. All aboard! It's time for another trip on the Law & Apple Express.
Apple is not the boss of every word in the English language, and Samsung is on the verge of breaking the U.S. Patent system forever. The Patent Wars roll on, and to what end? If Apple is going to try to corner the market on words, and no company in the United States is going to be stopped from putting copycat products on store shelves until it is too late, these lawsuits will never stop. Join us for another week of Law & Apple as we try to make some sense of this nonsense.
In a year dominated by Apple and Samsung courtroom battles, it is only fitting to wrap up week 52 with more legal drama from our two favorite frenemies. There will be no singing of Auld Lang Syne from these two as the New Year rolls in, and unless something miraculous happens, it looks like even more of the same for 2013. Last week, however, Apple drew a firm line in the sand and dared the United States court system to cross it.
It was, clearly, the biggest patent lawsuit of the year in the tech industry, and it originally resulted in a $1 billion decision for Apple, to be paid by Samsung. However, whenever that many zeroes are involved in a lawsuit, you can be sure there will be lots and lots of appeals, motions, whining, and crying after the fact. The first post-trial rulings were issued this week: did the court grant more big wins for Apple, or did Samsung manage to salvage something from their summertime courtroom wreckage? Read on!
Last month, when the ITC decided to investigate a previous ruling between Apple and Samsung, who knew that the investigation would spiral into reality-TV drama and name-calling? Especially from a company that was last seen as a major player on the mobile device scene before reality TV even existed? And this is why we can't have nice things.
The growing problem of Patent Trolls continues, with a new patent infringement lawsuit launched this week against Apple over earbuds. Meanwhile, Apple and Samsung continue to cram each other's products into lawsuits, with the iPad mini now the latest victim. No holiday spirit this week among tech company lawyers, just more Grinch-ing.
On Monday afternoon, it was reported that a former employee of social share start-up Color Labs was suing the company. While recent reports indicated Apple acquired the company's talent, there may be a discrepancy in just how much Cupertino had to fork over on the deal. According to sources, Apple may have paid $7 million to scoop up the Color Labs team and some of its assets.